Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are primary sources of health coverage for children. These programs are particularly important to children of color, who are disproportionately represented among beneficiaries because they are more likely to be economically disadvantaged.
Children’s healthy development depends to a large extent on the health and well-being of their parents and caregivers. Covering parents and caregivers helps children get the care and family financial stability they need to thrive.
Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide health coverage to more than one-third of the children in the United States. The vast majority of these children, more than 90 percent, are covered through Medicaid. A large body of research shows that access to Medicaid in childhood leads to longer, healthier lives, a better chance to […]
Research shows that Medicaid coverage improves numerous indicators of economic security for beneficiaries. By making health insurance accessible to children and parents, Medicaid keeps families healthy and also protects them from financial hardship. For millions of families, Medicaid is a lifeline that keeps them living above the poverty threshold.
How Restructuring Medicaid Could Affect Children More than one-third of America’s children rely on Medicaid for their health care, and more than half of Medicaid recipients are children. Medicaid’s existing structure has helped states respond to every economic downturn, natural disaster, epidemic or innovative treatment since the program was enacted in 1965. As recently as […]